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Former Caregiver Convicted And Sentenced To Incarceration For Battering Elderly Nursing Home Patient


MADISON - Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen announced today that a Dane County man has been convicted and sentenced on 3 counts of Battery. On March 5, 2009, Eric Larrabee, 24, entered a plea to the 3 charges of Battery. He was sentenced immediately after entering the plea.


The Honorable Dane County Circuit Court Judge Daniel Moeser sentenced Larrabee to 6 months of incarceration in the Dane County Jail followed by 18 months probation. While on probation, Larrabee will be required to undergo anger management and aggression counseling, mental health assessment with any applicable treatment, obtain employment, avoid work as a caregiver, have no contact with the surviving victims and witnesses, and pay the costs of the action. If Larrabee fails to comply with the terms of probation, he may be revoked and sentenced to serve 21 additional months.


"Elderly citizens in need of care, and their families, place an enormous amount of trust in caregivers to provide compassionate and professional care in the assisted living setting," Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen said. "When that trust is violently breached, my office will prosecute and pursue appropriate punishment."


According to the Department of Justice's criminal complaint, Larrabee was employed as a caregiver at Skaalen Nursing Home in the city of Stoughton. Larrabee was witnessed, by another caregiver, to be taunting an elderly female patient and then slapping the woman across the face.  The witness noted that Larrabee appeared to be enjoying himself while he was abusing the victim.  Further, Larrabee squeezed the victim's arm to the point that it showed visible bruising on multiple occasions.


The case was investigated by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services and the Wisconsin Department of Justice's Medicaid Fraud Control and Elder Abuse Unit.  The criminal action was filed and prosecuted by Assistant Attorney General Eric D. Dfort.